Bishop Mweene had a smile on his face when I met him at his homestead in Sikwale. Shortly before my arrival, it had rained for the first time in weeks. In fact, he was able to tell me just how much because, in his maize field, he has a manual rain gauge, one of four that WFP has installed on farms in the area.
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“We are Generation Zero Hunger, committed to creating a world where no child, no woman, no man goes hungry even for a single day,” Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), said following a packed gathering in New York of youth leaders from around the world, as well as prominent political, business and civil society figures. “We have everything we need – the tools, the technology, the people.
[story|647834|647156|647025]It begins with them: singer and ONE.org co-founder Bono, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Italian and Irish Ministers of Agriculture Maurizio Martina and Simon Coveney, and the Director of the World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin participated in an event organised by the governments of Italy and Ireland in support of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Executive Director makes first visit to Tajikistan
During her meetings with key government counterparts, including the Prime Minister of Tajikistan, as well as the Minister of Health and Social Protection and the Minister of Education, Cousin commended the Government of Tajikistan for prioritising food security and nutrition in the country’s National Development Strategy. She focused on WFP's continued commitment to working with the Government to support Tajikistan’s goal to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth and improved living standards for all.
The leaders of the three Rome-based United Nations (UN) agencies gathered in Addis Ababa on 15 July at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development to discuss their joint report, “Zero Hunger: The Critical Role of Investments in Agriculture and Social Protection”.